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Pronunciation: kar′ak-ter

Definition: An attribute in individuals that is amenable to formal and logical analysis and may be used as the basis of generalizations about classes and other statements that transcend individuality.

Synonym(s): characteristic1

[G. charakter, stamp, mark, fr. charassō, to engrave]

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